Etiquette & Languages

Etiquette and Languages observes how people relate to each other through behaviors and speech. Find information on topics like tipping, sign language, good manners and slang.


Goddesses once reigned supreme across many cultures. So what happened, and did written language hasten their fall?

What in the world did Grandma mean when she used words like "tarnation"?

And everyone used it, not just the local deaf community.

Merriam-Webster added 850 new words to its popular online dictionary. Learn which words the dictionary added for 2018.

Rudeness is not just a personal annoyance. It can actually affect health and safety. Why is that? And why do we replay a rude interaction over and over in our heads?

How could we run out of trademarked words? It sounds impossible, but it's growing more and more likely.

It doesn't get more awkward than the check arriving and no one knows who's paying for what. Is it rude to expect birthday guests to pay for their own meal?

Which of these would you like to see on your computer keyboard?

Middle names aren't a purely modern invention, so why do we still have them?

You were probably used to red squiggles showing up for spelling errors and green ones for grammatical errors in Microsoft Word documents. But why was the red usually right and the green usually wrong?

You know them. They're the people who act like they're not mad, but really are. They're passive aggressive and say some of these five zingers.

What does Boston have against the letter R? Why do Minnesotans sometimes drag out the 'O' sound?

Kim Jong Un called Donald Trump a dotard. Here are some equally entertaining, out-of-date options the 45th president could've thrown back in his face.

The alphabet's been lost for hundreds of years, but a designer is bringing it back to light with a new digital font dubbed "Albanian Helvetica."

What's the meaning behind how we spell theater and theatre? And does it really matter?

The world boasts about 7,000 languages. Close to half are threatened with extinction.

Despite what you might think, everyone has an accent. It just becomes noticeable when it's different from others in the same community. How do accents develop and why is it so hard to lose one?

Surely a level of Hell is reserved for inconsiderate parkers. But can the police actually write them a ticket? Well, it depends...

Few rules on funeral procession are enshrined in law; most are just customs. But that doesn't mean you should break them.

There's no 'U' in Charles or 'B' in William, so how did those get to be the nicknames?

Nope, it has nothing to do with the health department.

There are two main factors that influence the development of unique accents within a language: human nature and isolation.

A new study found conservatives more often interrupted liberals, and that the frequency of "manterrupting" has increased along with the number of women on the court.

There's a term for a vanishing letter like that in spoken American English's Wednesday. But first, some history about ancient gods.

Speaking a country's native language counts for a lot — even more than birthplace — when it comes to national identity, according to a new Pew survey.